Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Responding to Homeschooling Critics

coffee talk

I am blessed to live in an area where homeschooling is not at all unusual. Everyone knows at least a few homeschooling families; nonetheless, we aren’t immune to the naysayers, the critics.
I used to be outraged. I used to bristle. I remember one of my first encounters with a lady who was quite vocal about her disgust with homeschooling. I had just moved to town and was attending a new church. Here is how my conversation went with this woman:
"So where does your son go to school?”
“I am homeschooling him.”
“Oh. Well, I would never do that. We have the best schools in the state right here.”
That was the end of the conversation. She actually turned her back to me, quite literally, and never engaged me in conversation again for the decade I attended that church.

Most of us have had that conversation or one similar. We’ve heard the common babble about socialization to the audacious “why aren’t you using your degree?” and its strange partner, “do you even have a teaching degree?” comments. …

{Come on over to Simple Homeschool to read the rest of my article about responding to homeschooling critics! And be sure to share your stories and struggles in the comments!}


  1. You are so lucky to have such wise friends! Awesome post! I don't know why, but it brought tears to my eyes.

  2. Hi. My name is Rose.I am new to your blog. I do not home school as in my own kids. Know a few people that do. Their children seem to do very good and a few are doing very good in college. But I know how you feel. I started doing daycare in my home so that I could be with my own 4 girls. For years I heard Do you still just do daycare? Like it was the plague. I have always had a house full of kids. I try to do preschool activities every morning and an art project at least once a week. So in a different way, I home school. I think must take amazing will power and skill to do what you ladies do. My hats off to you.


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